From the spectacular vineyards planted within the King Protea flower farms outside of Stellenbosch in South Africa come the award-winning and highly regarded wines of Botanica, founded by American ex-pat, Ginny Povall. The self-educated winemaker has created quite a buzz around her hand tended, organic line of wines. (Side note, I don’t know how one goes about buying a working flower farm and building a world class resort on said farm and planting ultra-low yielding dry farmed vineyards and producing a high-end range of wines from said vineyards, but you don’t do it with funds from the “swear jar”). In addition to the Botanica range, Povall makes a more affordable line under the “Big Flower” label, and the Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic example of her work.
The 2009 Big Flower Cabernet from Stellenbosch is quite a lot of wine for just south of $20. Coming from steep vineyards 1800 feet above sea level, the vines require manual tending. The finished wine sees 18 months in oak. This is a delicious Cab that straddles the lines of New and Old World Cabernet, bursting with ripe black fruit but also offering graphite, bramble and spice. Very nice tannic structure will allow the wine to develop nicely for 3-4 more years. The wines of Botanica and Big Flower have received rave reviews in the wine press and this wine is no exception, 90 points from the Wine Advocate. A tremendous value seeking out.